A customer has a question and I hope we can get some opinions on it, thanks
I grow my plants outside here in Southern California. Late in the season last year my plants were attacked by those obnoxious green caterpillars. I picked them off as best as I could but still lost about 1/3 or my crop.
Since I don’t want to use insecticide, this year I bought praying mantis eggs in the hope that would cure the problem. It didn’t and again I will lose a lot of bud.
Do you have any suggestions on what I can do next year?
BTW, I started my Chocolope seeds indoors doing 12 on and 12 off with the lights. When I moved them outside the photoperiod was still increasing but there wasn’t yet 12 hours of sunlight and when the plants were about 4 feet high they started to flower and they’ve been doing so now for almost three months, It is these plants that are being eaten by the caterpillars. The remainder of the plants, Super Silver Haze, I planted later in the spring even though I started them inside under lights and they appear to be on a normal schedule.